At Center Stage Jackson we’re always looking for people to help out with a variety of tasks. If performing isn’t your forte, there are several areas in which you can put your skills to use!
Board of Directors
You do not have to be interested in being on-stage or back-stage in order to be on the board of directors, as we are always in need of those talented in business, organizational development, marketing and more to help keep this non-profit running smoothly. We are looking for dedicated people passionate about bringing theater to the Jackson community, with a variety of backgrounds and talents. Do you know someone that fits this description? Feel free to send this info to them and suggest that they contact us for more information about our needs in the upcoming season! If you or someone you know would like to help Center Stage Jackson in its mission of cultivating, advancing and promoting the appreciation of dramatic arts in the Jackson community, contact Katie Meyers at firstname.lastname@example.org.
There are a lot of tasks that need to be done during the year that keep the organization running but aren’t directly related to putting on a show–and committees are the best place to go to help get that work done! Membership is not required to be on a committee. Center Stage Jackson committees include (but are not limited to):
- Production Committee (Chair: Susanna Ellis)
The Production Committee is responsible for the more technical aspects of the productions we do. This includes the storage barn, costumes, props, lighting and sound equipment, venue development, etc. This committee should also be responsible for growing the number of adequately trained and certified individuals for future productions.
- Marketing Committee (Chair: Lisa Cryderman)
The main focus of the Marketing Committee should be on two things: getting an audience to the show and promoting the organization as a whole. This includes use of social media, email, press releases, community calendars, posters, television, radio, parades, etc. It also includes coordinating with organizations that are helping to publicize shows to make sure that correct information is disseminated.
- Sponsorship Committee (Chair: Wendy Lake)
The main focus of the Sponsorship Committee is on fundraising. This primarily includes seeking sponsors throughout the season.
- Membership Committee (Chair: Veronica Long)
The Membership Committee is responsible for all aspects of membership in CSJ, including expanding/defining benefits of membership and to develop some social activities that will be intended for members of the organization.
- Play Selection Committee (Chair: Mandee Howard)
This committee plays role of researching and recommending a season to the full board for approval. The scope of this committee is limited to the main stage shows.
- Youth Theater Committee (Chair: Doug Meyers)
The Youth Theater Committee is responsible for all aspects of the Youth Theater program. This includes play selection, director recruitment, production, etc. Youth Theater currently puts on two productions per season: one play at Jackson’s First Presbyterian Church in November, and one musical at the Middle School at Parkside in March.
- Readers Theatre Committee (Chair: Chuck Thor)
This committee is responsible for the staged reading series. The committee handles all aspects of that program, including obtaining rights, selecting directors, holding auditions, securing a venue, and notifying the Board of Directors (or Administrative Director) in adequate time for basic marketing to take place.
- Annual Meeting & Awards Ceremony Committee (Chair: Kelly Crippen)
This committee is responsible for the August Annual Meeting. Responsibilities include developing the agenda as well as securing a venue, food, and entertainment.
- Scholarship Committee (Chair: Chuck Thor)
The Scholarship Committee is responsible for collecting applications and selecting recipients for the annual scholarship. The Scholarship deadline is typically in early July during years where scholarships are available.
- Governance & Development Committee (Co-Chairs: Daniel Dye & Susanna Ellis)
This committee is primarily responsible for recommending changes to the bylaws and other governing documents of CSJ. This committee is also taking responsibility for strategic planning.
- Finance Committee (Chair: Kelly Crippen)
The Finance Committee is primarily responsible for the financial policies and procedures of CSJ. Additionally, the finance committee should be responsible for recommending fiscal goals, both long term and short term, to the board.
- Teen Theatre Committee (Chair: Kelly Crippen)
This committee is exploring the prospect of creating a theatre program for teenagers within Center Stage Jackson.
- Youth Singing Competition (Chair: Mandee Howard)
This committee is responsible for organizing our annual Youth Singing Competition held in January.
- Awards Revision Committee (Chair: Mandee Howard)
This committee is responsible for examining the current structure of annual awards for possible changes.
Pit orchestra musicians may be called to rehearsals weekly before tech week, and every night during tech week. If you are interested in playing in the orchestra for the next musical or event, let us know by filling out this form!
Set Construction & Painting
Our performers don’t look nearly as good on a bare stage as they would with a nice set. As set construction crew you’ll learn how sets come together from concept to reality. Help is needed with building, repairing, painting, and tearing down sets after a show has finished. Experience with construction is a plus but not 100% necessary. Power tools are used for some jobs.
Lighting & Sound Technicians
Training will be provided. This a bit of a time commitment position as you need to be available for tech week and weekend and for all of the performances. You’ll learn under a seasoned tech until you’re comfortable running a show yourself! These are paid positions.
Probably one of the most fun and creative positions backstage. You’ll be required to have a good working knowledge of the show. Anything that is not worn or nailed down is considered a prop. Acquiring them is the fun part. Sometimes making them is the most rewarding. You’ll be required for tech week and all of the performances. This is a paid position.
As a stage hand you could be asked to do a variety of things like making sure certain set pieces get placed on stage correctly, or working with the props master to ensure props are where they need to be. This is how the magic happens backstage. Stage hands need to be available for every performance and all performances during Tech Week (one week prior to opening) for consistency.
As stage manager you’ll work closely with the director taking notes, cuing lines, and making sure everyone is safe. As stage manager you act as liaison between the director and the technical crew. Your first time out you’ll shadow a seasoned stage manager. This is a paid position.
Responsible for all things tech, including but not limited to: supervising and being involved in building, light hanging, rigging, spotlights, and working closely to solve problems as they arise. This position requires a large time commitment. This is a paid position.
This is a great volunteer position if you don’t have a lot of time to commit. Help patrons find a seat and pass out programs. Plus you see the show for free!